FRESNO, Calif. - A sixth-inning full-count two-run homer by Louisiana Tech pinch hitter Erin Kipp launched the Lady Techsters to a stunning 2-0 win over the host Fresno State Bulldogs on Wednesday night in Western Athletic Tournament action.
Fresno State (31-16) will face the loser of Thursday morning's match-up between top-seeded New Mexico State and No. 4 Hawai'i, who beat No. 5 Utah State 6-1 earlier in the day, in an elimination game.
"For tomorrow, it's in our hands," head coach Margie Wright said. "We are in a position to eliminate people. It's not unusual for us because we play a lot of games."
The Dogs' first-team All-WAC honoree Michelle Moses, who surpassed 200-strikeout mark on the season, and LA Tech's second-team All-WAC recipient Meghan Krieg, who broke her own single-season school record (262), engaged in a thrilling pitcher's duel that yielded just five hits between the two teams.
"Tonight wasn't our night," Wright said. "We made adjustments and (Kreig) went elsewhere. Their shortstop was in perfect position for every groundball. They played very well and it was their night."
After five scoreless innings, Kipp's long ball provided all the offense the Lady Techsters needed to advance to a date with No. 2 Boise State on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Moses (14-11) struck out nine and allowed three hits in a complete game.
"We are just focusing on tomorrow and know what we need to do," Moses said. "It comes down to who wants it. We have the determination and fight to get it done."
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